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All listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. If you’re a competition organiser and would like to list your writing competition on our site, please send the […]

Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition

The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022 is open to writers across the globe, until September 30th 2022 at 4pm (GMT). Stories do not need to follow any particular theme or genre, but must be written in English. Maximum word count is 3000 words. 1st prize: £1000, plus a free creative writing course of […]

Moth Short Story Prize 2022

The Moth Short Story Prize 2022 is open internationally to anyone over the age of 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. Judged by Sarah Hall. Short stories must not exceed 4,000 words. Entry fee: €15 per story. Closing date: 30 June 2022. 1st prize: €3,000 2nd prize: week-long writing retreat […]

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2022

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2022 is open to anyone aged 16 or over, for poetry on any subject and in any form or style. Entries must not exceed 40 lines. Closing date: 31 July 2022 1st prize: £1000 2nd prize: £500 3rd prize: £250 Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems. Full […]

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2022 Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2022 Flash Fiction Contest is open until May 31, 2022. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Prizes: 1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate 2nd Place: […]

Anansi Archive Writing Awards

The Anansi Archive Writing awards run in three categories throughout the year. All categories are open-themed. Poetry Up to 500 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £20, runner-up £10 Flash Fiction Up to 500 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £20, runner-up £10 Short Fiction Up to 3,000 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £50, […]

The Bridport Prize 2022

The Bridport Prize 2022 is open to all writers until 31st May 2022. Prizes: Poetry and Short Story: 1st £5,000 / 2nd £1,000 / 3rd £500 plus ten highly commended awards of £100 Flash Fiction: 1st £1,000 / 2nd £500 / 3rd £250 plus five highly commended awards of £100 For novels: 1st £1,500 plus […]

Cranked Anvil Quarterly Prompt Competition

The Cranked Anvil Quarterly Prompt Competition is open all year round, with deadlines on 1st July, 1st October and 1st April. The prompt elements of each quarter are specified on their site (link below). Entry fee: £5 for one entry, £8 for two, £10 for three. Prizes: 1st prize – £150 2nd prize – £75 […]

Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition 2022

The Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition 2022 is now open for entries from writers around the world. Closing date: July 11th, 2022. The competition invites writers to create original stories and poems, using the opening and closing lines of classic works of literature. It is also a fundraiser for Ukraine. Poem and short stories should not […]

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2022 is open internationally to all adults aged 18 or over. Poetry can be written on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines. Entry fee: £5 per poem. 1st Prize: £200 2nd Prize: £100 3rd Prize: £50 Closing date: 3 June 2022 More […]

Outsideleft Short Story Competition

The Outsideleft Short Story Competition is open internationally until May 31st, 2022. It is free to enter! Short stories must be written on the theme of ‘Concrete’ and contain no more than 1000 words. First prize is £100, a trophy and publication. Runners-up will receive a trophy. Full details here.

Closed: Love the Words Competition

The Love the Words Competition is open until May 7, 2022 and is free to enter. It is open to writers of all ages and experience, and to poems written in English or bilingually. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Water’. Entries should be no longer than 40 lines. Hannah Ellis, the granddaughter of […]

Closed: Spectrum: Poetry Celebrating Identity

The Spectrum: Poetry Celebrating Identity Competition is open until May 21st, 2022. Open to anyone who wants to talk about their identity. They’re particularly keen to hear from those who do not see their identity represented in traditional or mainstream media. It’s free to enter. First prize: £200 Second prize: £100 Poetry length: up to […]

Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition is open for entries until September 1st, 2022 at 5pm (BST). Entrants must have a connection to the military. This can include individuals currently serving, veterans or their families. Entry fee: Adults are £4 per poem, or £10 for 3 poems. Young People are FREE to enter. Prizes […]

The Aurora Prize for Writing

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition, open to short story and poetry writers, until Monday 13th June 2022. Entry fee:  £9 for first entries, £7 for additional entries Prizes in each category: 1st Prize – £500, feedback from a matched literary agent and membership to Society of Authors. 2nd Prize – £150 […]

Closed: Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is open for entries of 2000 words, or less, from writers across the globe. EXTENDED DEADLINE: The closing date is now April 30th, 2022. 1st prize: €1500 A week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation A consultation with a Literary Agent Charlotte Seymour from Johnson & Alcock A manuscript […]

Welsh Poetry Competition

The Welsh Poetry Competition is open for international entries until 29th May 2022. Poems can be written in any style and on any subject. There is also no age limit, although all poems will be judged together. Prizes: 1st – £500 2nd – £250 3rd – £100 Entry fee: £6 per poem (discounts available after […]

Closed: Reader’s Digest 100-Word-Story Competition

The Reader’s Digest 100-Word-Story Competition is open until 5pm on 1st May 2022. The competition is FREE to enter. £1,000 Cash Prize for winner of main adult category and £250 for the runner-up. 12–18s children category; winner will receive a £200 book voucher or an 8GB Kindle Paperwhite and a £100 book voucher for their […]

Closed: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

The Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is open for entries until April 30, 2022. For this competition, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Entry fee: $20 Prizes: Two First Prizes of $2,000 each (one for Short Story, one for Essay), as […]

Closed: Science-Me a Story 2022

Science-Me a Story 2022 is open to anyone aged 18 or over, from anywhere in the world, until 24th April 2022. Entrants are to write poetry or prose, about science, aimed at school children. It can be written in English or Spanish. Free to enter. 1st prize: £200 2nd prize: £150 3rd prize: £100 Word […]

Closed: Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open to writers around the world until April 30, 2022. Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic and in any style. The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives. Word […]

Write On Art UK

Write on Art is open to all UK students aged 15-18. Simply pick a piece of art featured on the website and write about it. It’s free to enter and entries are divided into two groups, based on year of study. Word count: Years 10/11 – 400 words max. Years 12/13 – 600 words max. […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly short story competition. The closing dates are: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October. Open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Entry fees: £5 for 1 entry; £8 for 2 entries; £10 […]

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly competition, which is open to writers from all over. Entries must not exceed 500 words. The next deadline is 31st August. Deadlines throughout the year: 28th (or 29th) Feb; 31st May; 31st August; 30th November Entry fee: £5 for 1 entry; £8 for 2 entries, £10 for […]

Closed: Tadpole Press 100 Word Writing Contest

The Tadpole Press 100 Word Writing Contest is open to all writers from around the world. They are looking for entries of 100 words, in any form or genre. Closing date: April 30th, 2022. Prizes: 1st place: USD$1,000. 2nd place: USD$450 writing coaching package. 3rd place: USD$250 developmental or diversity editing package. Entry fee: USD$10. […]

Closed: The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2022

The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2022 is open to underrepresented writers in the UK, until May 22nd, 2022. This competition is free to enter. The theme for entries is: ‘How it Started’. Poetry word limit: 50 lines. Fiction word limit: 2000 words. Two prizes will be given at each level – one for poetry and […]

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is open for entries, until June 30th 2022 at 5pm(BST). The competition is open to any unpublished writer and there are three categories to enter: Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing. 1st prize for each category: £1000 and publication in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Fee: £10 for a single entry, […]

Closed: Bristol Short Story Prize 2022

The Bristol Short Story Prize 2022 is open until May 4, 2022. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Entry fee: £9 per story Full […]

Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition

The Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition is running on a rolling basis, with one story being published on the second Monday of each month. They are looking for flash fiction and nonfiction in any theme or genre. Prize: £50 and inclusion in an annual anthology. Word count: 1,000 maximum. Entry fee: £3 Full details here.

Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition

The Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition is a recurring contest that is open to all writers from around the world. They are looking for flash fiction of up to 200 words, on any theme, but with a twist. It’s free to enter, but entrants can pay £3 for feedback on their work. Winning entries will […]

Guts Publishing Call for Submissions

Guts Publishing are an independent publisher based in London. They are now open for submissions from emerging writers based in the UK. They are seeking bold writers with ballsy stories in the form of memoirs, creative nonfiction, auto fiction or autobiography. Experimental is good! Word count: 25k or more Guts Publishing are especially interested in hearing […]

Chorus Voice Writing Competition

The Chorus Voice Writing Competition are accepting entries that promote a neighbourhood and, preferably, highlights one or more of its small businesses. Each piece of writing must be roughly 250 words long and must include at least two relevant photographs. Closing date: ongoing – the competition will take place every two weeks. Prize: £250 awarded […]

Closed: The Glittery Literary Writing Contest

The Glittery Literary Writing Contest will run regularly throughout the year. There are two categories – the Short Story category and the Long Story category. Entries must be fiction but can be any genre. Short Story Category Word count: 400 words maximum 1st prize: £20, publication and recording 2nd prize: publication and recording Entry fee: […]

The Page Turner Awards 2022

The Page Turner Awards are open to all fiction and non-fiction writers until May 31st 2022. The Page Turner Writing Award offers writers and authors the chance to enter the first 10 pages of a completed, unpublished fiction or non-fiction manuscript. A group of literary agents will read and judge their work. With the help […]

#FlashFiction101

#FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter. Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month. Each entry must be exactly 101 words. Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry […]

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